The highlights of 1918

Fans are left gasping for air as both division titles are decided on the final day. ¶ In the National, Brooklyn and Sioux City ended in a tie. Brooklyn wins the one-game playoff, 5-4. Yet, Attorney faithful are still up-in-arms over decision to hold Wally Joyner at 3rd base during the home-ninth at-bat in Game 53. With one out and a 50-50 chance of scoring the winning run, Joyner stops. A win gives the Attorneys a tie. Joyner is left stranded. Attorneys would force a playoff with the Bruisers but are done in by a Mackey Sasser 3-run homer in the 5-4 win. ¶ In the American, Matt Williams slugs 3 homers and John Tudor losses no-hit bid in the ninth during the Mighty Diamonds clincher against Wisconsin in Game 53. In Game 52, Jose Canseco hits dramatic “Homer in the Porch,” a 9th-inning, 2-out, 3-run shot. Whisper fans refer to it as the “Where’s Jesse?” game. Manager Ralph Houk decides on Dave Winfield (3e3) to play RF in the ninth, instead of Jesse Barfield (1e11). With Canseco on deck, a Larry Walker fly ball -- the potential last out -- drops in front of Winfield. A Whisper win ties them with Diamonds, with 2 left to play.

Other highlights include: the Brooklyn-Foys trade. Barry Bonds, Bret Saberhagen, Tim "Slumping" Wallach, Tim Belcher go to Brooklyn for Kevin Mitchell, Pete Harnisch, Dennis Eckersley, Kevin Appier and 1918 mid-season # 1 (Albert Belle). Owners use words like “stunned” and “hurt” to describe deal. ¶ Dennis Martinez drills Paul O’Neill with a fastball to end his career. Tragic roll: 20, 19, 20. ¶ New England owner Alan Levine is removed in league coup. Andy “The Rat” Villalba takes over; son, “The Mouse,” becomes the most hated manager in the BVL.

» 1919 Expansion: A look back


The Sporting News of the BVL, the 4e48 wrote exclusively about the league.
Here's their front page, which includes expansion Cleveland owner Jon Simonds' quote,
"The road back will be a long one, but it will be the right one." They remain on that road.
1919 expansion, free agent draft
A round-by-round selection by the clubs. Note the expansion draft begins after the 5th round
of the free agent draft. The expansionists agreed to this in their zeal to join the league a year
earlier. The established clubs were allowed to protect 35 -- not 15 -- players. Also, notice the last
player selected at No. 183. Any guess why the Mighty Diamonds dominated the BVL back then?